The Fast and the Furious: Bob Marshak
EW Staff
April 20, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Fast and the Furious

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
140 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/22/01
performer
Jordana Brewster, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, Thom Barry, Beau Holden, Ja Rule, Reggie Lee, Ted Levine, Chad Lindberg, Vyto Ruginis, Matt Schulze, Johnny Strong, Mike White (Actor), Rick Yune
director
Rob Cohen
Producers
Original Film
distributor
Universal
author
David Ayer, Erik Bergquist, John Pogue, Kario Salem, Gary Scott Thompson
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

”Oh, my god.” that’s how the aptly named Diesel — who, along with the inaptly named Walker, plays a member of a drag racing street posse — describes zooming through the streets of L.A. at a simulated 170 mph. Inspired by ”Rebel Without a Cause” and the original 1974 ”Gone in 60 Seconds,” director Cohen (”The Skulls”) was determined to push the limits of technology when it came to the racing scenes.

He set to work fashioning a rig that would allow the actors to sit in the speeding car, rather than just be towed by the crew. ”Needless to say, the insurance premiums went straight up,” Cohen says. To appear more convincing, the actors were sent to an unconventional driving school, where they practiced skidding out and making high speed turns in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. ”There were definitely moments that were risky,” says Diesel (”Pitch Black”), adding, ”I’m probably a much better driver now.”

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